**Governor Wolf Announces the Closure of PA Schools, March 13, 2020 at approximately 3:00 PM**
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS DOCUMENT
**District Announcement March 30, 2020 at 6:39 PM**
Important Update Regarding COVID-19 and School Closure
School Closure Extended
Dear Avonworth Parents and Caregivers,
Today, Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education extended the school closure order indefinitely. This order is in response to the growing number of cases identified across the region and Commonwealth, and in a continued effort to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. I know this announcement is disappointing to many of our students, staff, and families who were looking forward to getting back to school, but it is necessary to keep residents of our community healthy and safe.
During the extended school closure, we will continue to operate our virtual instruction program. Thank you once again for all the overwhelming support you have provided to your children as they have engaged in this new learning format. I also want to thank you for the many positive responses that we had to our recent survey on the virtual learning program. We reviewed the feedback and your teachers and principals will be making some adjustments based upon the information you provided. Soon, I will also be releasing an additional FAQ document that addresses some of the questions and comments from the survey, as well as other District information.
While schools are closed, I also want to remind everyone that in accordance with Governor Wolf’s order on social distancing, all playgrounds and recreational facilities are closed to the public. This includes Lenzner Field and the playgrounds at the Elementary School and Primary Center. I ask that everyone continue to respect the Governor’s order to be vigilant with social distancing and the effort to prevent the spread of the virus, especially to those most at risk.
Also, many families continue to be hit hard with the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. There have been many furloughs that have impacted families. I want to remind everyone that the Free/Reduced Lunch Program is available for application at any time. The application can be accessed HERE. During this closure, we continue to provide breakfast and lunch for students of families that qualify.
Please stay safe and healthy!
With kindest regards,
Thomas W. Ralston
Superintendent of Schools
Avonworth School District
In addition to this school closure, the Avonworth School District will be suspending all school-related events indefintely. This includes all athletic games, practices, and meetings. If the opportunity presents itself, we will do our best to reschedle events. However, at this time, all events are either canceled or postponed.
The Avonworth School District will continue to monitor this situation closely and will respond immediately to any changes that occur and/or any direction provided by the Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education or Centers for Disease Control.
To protect yourself and your community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following precautions be taken to reduce the spread of germs.
- Washing hands multiple times a day for at least 20 seconds with soap and water (Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available)
- Covering coughs or sneezes with your elbow or use a tissue (Do not use your hands!)
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cleaning touch-surfaces frequently, including counter tops, light switches, cell phones and remotes
- Encouraging fist and elbow pumps over handshakes and high-fives
- Not sharing food or drink
- Staying home if you are sick and for at least 24 hours after a fever
Our teachers and nurses continue to reinforce behaviors of good hygiene with our students. Our custodians have increased their efforts by disinfecting surfaces and door knobs on the interior and exterior doors throughout the day.